By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
With a few scoops of dirt, several bottles of champagne and a few dozen guests in attendance, a new era officially began in Cartersville Wednesday afternoon as Austrian-based auto parts company voestalpine broke ground for their new facility in the Highlands-75 Industrial Park.
In an investment which could eventually bring up to 400 jobs to the community, voestalpine executives joined politicians, businessmen and others in celebrating the company’s foray into North Georgia. Bartow County Commissioner Clarence Brown, who will retire on December 31st said despite waiting a number of years to find a suitor for the industrial park, they didn’t want just any company moving in to Highlands-75;
"It's a beautiful park, huge investment. The city and the county has got a lot of money invested in the park, but today it's coming to fruition. We see a company that we've dreamed of...we didn't want just any company in our park...but this is the kind of company, automotive industry, we want to see in the park. We believe by this company coming in , this is the first one, once it comes there will be others coming behind it."
Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini says the relationship the local government officials have with the staff at the State Department of Economic Development was key in bringing voestalpine to Bartow;
"Well it was critical. It was important for us as a local community to get real serious about putting together incentive packages that would allow the state to feel comfortable in bringing...a company like this here, so the local team did a really good job, but you know certainly without the state's confidence in us and their ability to recruit a quality company like voestalpine to consider Georgia...you know that was key. So certainly they came to the table with, helping with the incentives like the local community had to do, so it was really a team effort."
The investment into the facility and land is listed at $62,000,000 and will bring voestalpine’s ‘metal forming division’ to Bartow.
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